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Nine hospitals get maximum Medicare penalty for readmissions

Nine hospitals in Kentucky, eight of them in Appalachia, have been hit with the highest penalty possible by Medicare for high rates of patient readmission. This is the third year the program has fined hospitals, under the federal health-reform law, for having too many patients return within 30 days for additional treatment. This year, the

Clark Memorial plans to join Norton Healthcare system

Clark Memorial Hospital officials have decided to pursue an acquisition by Norton Healthcare Inc. Clark Memorial said in a news release Tuesday that in light of challenges facing independent community hospitals, it has been evaluating a potential partnership with Norton for two years. The proposal must be approved by the Clark County Commissioners. Before that

Nine hospitals get maximum Medicare penalty for readmissions

Nine hospitals in Kentucky, eight of them in Appalachia, have been hit with the highest penalty possible by Medicare for high rates of patient readmission. This is the third year the program has fined hospitals, under the federal health-reform law, for having too many patients return within 30 days for additional treatment. This year, the

Christ Hospital first in nation to test dissolving heart device

Christ Hospital is the first in the nation to enroll heart patients in a clinical trial to test the quality and cost-effectiveness of a dissolving device that acts like a stent. It could reduce chest pain caused by an inadequate flow of blood. Doctors at Christ Hospital’s Lindner Research Center will test Abbott’s Absorb Bioresorbable

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Griffith Elected to National Medical Honor Society Board of Directors

Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has elected Dr. Charles “Chipper” H. Griffith III, senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as a councilor director on the Society’s board. Griffith’s three-year term begins at the AOA board of directors meeting in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 3.

Government Affairs

Health-related Board and Commission Appointments

Appointed to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services: Todd Early, of Louisville, is Oldham County EMS Director. He represents private licensed Class 1 ground ambulance service administrator who is a certified emergency medical technician or a licensed paramedic. The appointment replaces Terry L. Dossett, whose term has expired. Early shall serve for a term

2014 Meaningful Use Guidance for Public Health Reporting

On September 4, 2014, CMS published a final rule that permits 2014 EHR Incentive Program participants more options in the use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 EHR reporting period. This rule, referred to as the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, becomes effective on October 1, 2014. As such, the Kentucky Medicaid Program has revised

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CMS revises EHR meaningful-use

2014 is proving to be challenging year for demonstrating meaningful use. As the deadline to attest to meaningful use (MU) quickly approaches, many providers are trying to make sense of the goals they face in the transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2. Th EHR (Electronic Health Record) incentive program has changed and evolved since inception in 2010 following the Health Information Technology

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